Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient in Valpo

2013-03-14T17:25:00Z 2013-03-15T13:55:27Z Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient in ValpoBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A local doctor was taken into custody Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a female patient on two occasions last fall at his office at 60 S. Valparaiso St.

Jose Agusti, 45, of Chicago, is charged with felony criminal deviate conduct and two felony counts of sexual battery. The most serious charge carries a potential sentence of six to 20 years behind bars.

The case came to light Sept. 17 when the purported victim, who is a disabled veteran, went to the Valparaiso Police Department and told officers she had just been assaulted by Agusti, according to charging information.

She said she had been seeing the doctor since May and nothing unusual occurred until July when he hugged her while crying and sharing that his wife was leaving the area and taking their children.

She said that during the Sept. 17 appointment, Agusti walked into the exam room, hugged her and touched her buttocks. As she directed him to look at her knee, he reportedly pulled her on to his lap, kissed her on the mouth and asked her if she had any boyfriends.

The woman said Agusti then pulled out one of her breasts and she quickly covered up, telling him no, according to the charging documents. He then unzipped her pants, touched her and exposed himself and attempted to have her touch him.

Agusti repeatedly asked, "You're not going to say anything, right?" according to reports.

Agusti is then accused of forcing her to begin performing a sex act on him before a knock on the door brought the incident to an end.

Police outfitted the woman with audio and visual equipment and she returned to the office Oct. 15.

The footage shows Agusti tapping his lap and asking the woman, "Do you want to play with me?" according to court records.

He also hugged the woman and groped her back, and kisses could be heard, police said.

Agusti is heard saying he did not know when he and the woman could get together because his mother was in town. He then tells her to "stay away from the dirty boys" in the meantime.

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